|Publication number||US4532115 A|
|Application number||US 06/581,367|
|Publication date||Jul 30, 1985|
|Filing date||Feb 17, 1984|
|Priority date||Mar 3, 1983|
|Also published as||CA1216136A, CA1216136A1, DE3467096D1, EP0121339A2, EP0121339A3, EP0121339B1|
|Publication number||06581367, 581367, US 4532115 A, US 4532115A, US-A-4532115, US4532115 A, US4532115A|
|Inventors||Hiroshi Nishino, Toshio Aibe|
|Original Assignee||Takeda Chemical Industries, Ltd.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (5), Non-Patent Citations (2), Referenced by (32), Classifications (11), Legal Events (4)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present invention relates to a method of treating poisonous gases containing hydrides of As, B, P, Sb or Se.
Although hydrides such as AsH3, B2 H6, PH3, SbH3 and H2 Se have been used in large quantities as raw material gas for the production of semiconductors, fumigation gas, etc., such hydrides, even in trace amounts, are extremely noxious to the human body, and efficient removal of these hydrides from gases is strongly demanded.
As the method of removing hydrides of As, B, P, Sb and Se in gases, there have been proposed processes of washing with chemical solutions such as oxidizing solutions or methods of adsorption by use of activated carbon, etc. and the like. Nevertheless, such processes and methods exhibit poor removal effect, and efficient adsorbents have long been wanted.
The present inventors, in view of such circumstances, conducted intensive investigation, and as a result, found that arsines in fluids can be removed very efficiently by using an activated carbon containing copper oxides and alkali metal compounds, alkaline earth metal compounds or metal compounds of Al, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Zn, Cd nd Pb, which has culminated in the present invention.
Thus, the present invention relates to a method for the removal of at least one hydride of As, B, P, Sb and Se from a gas containing the same, which comprises contacting the gas with an activated carbon containing:
(1) copper oxide (hereinafter referred to in some instances as "First Component") and
(2) at least one of (a), (b) and (c) (hereinafter referred to in some instances as "Second Component") selected from the group consisting of
(a) at least one alkali metal compound,
(b) at least one alkaline earth metal compound and
(c) at least one compound of Al, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Zn, Cd and Pb.
In the present method, an activated carbon containing First and Second Components is used as adsorbent. The adsorbent can be prepared by allowing activated carbon to contain First and Second Components.
The activated carbon may be any type of activated carbon, if it is produced by the known processes with coal, coke, charcoal, coconut shells, resins, etc. employed as raw material and shows a specific surface area of 200 to 2000 m2 /g; with reference to its shape or form, use is made of proper-shaped activated carbon, such as spherical- or cylindrical-shaped, crushed, powdered and fiber-like, depending upon the treatment method of gases.
The copper oxide which is employable as the First Component in the present invention may be either cuprous or cupric oxide.
Examples of the alkali metal compound, which is one of the Second Components, include inorganic acid salts or inorganic compounds of Li, Na, K, Rb and Cs, such as hydrogencarbonates, carbonates, nitrates, borates, silicates, sulfates, halides and hydroxides, and organic acid salts thereof, such as formates, acetates, oxalates, benzoates, salts of phenols and salts of sulfonic acids.
Examples of the alkaline earth metal compound, which is another Second Component, include inorganic acid salts or inorganic compounds of Be, Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba, such as carbonates, nitrates, sulfates, phosphates, halides, oxides and hydroxides, and organic acid salts thereof, such as formates, acetates and oxalates.
Examples of the compounds of Al, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Zn, Cd and Pb, which are still other Second Components, include inorganic acid salts or inorganic compounds of these metals, such as carbonates, hydrogencarbonates, nitrates, borates, silicates, sulfates, phosphates, halides, hydroxides, ammonium salts and oxides, and organic acid salts, such as formates, acetates, oxalates, benzoates, salts of phenols and salts of sulfonic acids.
Though the adsorbents used in the present invention consist of an activated carbon containing the First and Second Components, the Second Component may be composed of an alkali metal compound [hereinafter referred to in some instances as "Component (a)"] solely, an alkaline earth metal compound [hereinafter referred to in some instances as "Component (b)"] alone or compounds of Al, Cr, Ti, V, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Zn, Cd and Pb [hereinafter referred to in some instances as "Component (c)"] solely, or also may comprise two kinds of these components, such as the Components (a) and (b), Components (b) and (c) and Components (c) and (a), or may consist of three kinds of the components, the Components (a), (b) and (c). In addition, the adsorbents may contain at least two compounds as the First Component, and may contain two or more components within the same Component group as the Second Components, for example two different components within the group of the Component (a).
The content of the First Component in the activated carbon containing metal compounds is 0.1 mg-atom to 3.0 mg-atom as metal per g of activated carbon, preferably 0.2 mg-atom to 2.0 mg-atom, while the content of the Second Component is 0.1 mg-atom to 5.0 mg-atom as metal per g of activated carbon, preferably 0.2 mg-atom to 4.0 mg-atom.
Each of the components contained in the activated carbon may be either supported or deposited on activated carbon, and the adsorbent may be made by adding each of the components to a raw material for activated carbon and activating the mixture. Furthermore, the adsorbents may be produced by adding part of the First and Second Components to a raw material for activated carbon and activating the mixture, followed by depositing the remainder of the Components on the resulting activated product. In cases in which the Components (b) and (c) to be deposited as the Second Component on activated carbon are other than oxides and the Component (a) is other than hydroxides, carbonates and hydrogencarbonates, it is desirable to conduct drying or calcining after the deposition.
With reference to the method of depositing each of the components on activated carbon, a procedure of impregnating or spraying activated carbon with a solution or suspension of each of the components in water (inclusive of aqueous acid or alkali solutions) or a variety of solvents may be used. In the above preparation process, meanwhile, the term "drying" denotes a step of evaporating the water or solvent in activated carbon deposited with the metal compounds at a temperature of not more than about 130° C., while the expression "calcining" means a step of heating the dried activated carbon deposited with the metal compounds in an atmosphere of inert gas, carbon dioxide gas, steam, combustion waste gas, etc. at a temperature of not less than 130° C. to thermally decompose the metal compounds partially or wholly.
Also, the activated carbon supported with copper oxide can be obtained by depositing on activated carbon inorganic acid salts or inorganic compounds of copper such as carbonates, basic carbonates, nitrates, sulphates, phosphates, halides, and hydroxides and organic acid salt thereof such as formates, acetates and oxalates in place of the First Component, and then calcining the mixture at a temperature of not less than 130° C. to convert only part of or all of these salts into copper oxide. The adsorbents of the present invention containing the First and Second Components can be produced by performing the deposition of the Second Components, before, after or simultaneously with, the calcining.
The method of the present invention is conducted by contacting a gas containing hydrides of As, B, P, Sb and Se with the activated carbon containing the metal compounds as obtained by the above procedure. The objective substances, which are to be removed by the present method, are hydrides of As, B, P, Sb and Se, such as AsH3, B2 H6, PH3, SbH3 and H2 Se.
As the procedure of contacting, use is made of the known means, such as the fixed bed, moving bed and fluidized bed. In such cases, the contacting temperature is not more than 200° C., preferably 0° to 150° C., while the pressure is not more than 50 kg/cm2, preferably 0.1 to 40 kg/cm2. The contacting time is 1/10 to 100 seconds as converted at 25° C. and 1 kg/cm2, preferably 1/5 to 80 seconds.
The contact of the poisonous gas with the activated carbon in the present method can be conducted in the absence or presence of oxygen. Thus the method of the present invention can be applied to the treatment of not only a poisonous gas containing oxygen but also a posisonous gas not containing oxygen. Though hydrides of As, B, P, Sb or Se can be removed to a certain extent from a poisonous gas containing oxygen by a known method in which activated carbon not containing any metal compound is used, the hydrides are hardly removable from a poisonous gas not containing oxygen by the known method. Therefore, the method of the present invention is advantageously applied to the treatment of a poisonous gas not containing oxygen.
The examples described below illustrate the present invention more specifically.
Activated carbon A0 of 16 to 24 mesh having the BET specific surface area of 1,150 m2 /g was sprayed uniformly with aqueous solutions containing a given amount each of the First Component (copper nitrate) and the Second Component (nitrate of an alkali metal, nitrate of an alkaline earth metal and nitrate of Al, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Zn, Cd or Pb (or sulphate for V alone).
50 ml of the resultant activated carbon deposited with the metal compounds was packed into a 4 cmφ column made of quartz glass, which was then heated at a heating rate of 5° C./min while passing nitrogen gas at a linear flow rate of 10 cm/sec, followed by calcining at 300° C. for 30 minutes.
The content of each of the metal compounds in the resultant adsorbent was 0.2 to 2.0 mg-atom as respective metals per g of activated carbon, as shown in Table 1.
By following the same procedure as described above, as control reference, activated carbon A0 was deposited with nitrate of each metal alone, and calcined in a nitrogen gas at 300° C. for 30 minutes to prepare adsorbents.
15 ml each of the adsorbents as obtained in this manner was packed into a 6 cmφ column made of glass, respectively, and a gas(N2 -97.5 vol. % and H2 O-2.5 vol.%) of 30° C. containing 12 ppm of PH3 was passed through the columns at a linear flow rate of 40 cm/sec to conduct the breakthrough adsorption tests for PH3. The removal percentages for PH3 at different times were measured, and the results are shown in Table 1.
Packed into a 1.6 cmφ column made of glass was 20 ml each of the adsorbents of Example 1, A0 A1, A3, A9, B2, B3, C4, C6, C9, D2, D3, D8, D10, D12, D13, D14 and D15, and a gas (N2 -97.5 vol. % and H2 O-2.5 vol.%) of 30° C. containing 10 ppm of B2 H6, 10 ppm of H2 Se or 10 ppm of SbH3 was passed through the columns at a linear flow rate of 30 cm/sec to conduct the breakthrough adsorption test for B2 H6 and H2 Se or SbH3 with each of the adsorbents alone. The length of time required until B2 H6 and H2 Se or SbH3 leaked out of the column (the length of time for which breakthrough ratio of respective hydride compounds reached 5%) was measured, and the results are shown in Table 2.
Activated carbon A of 16 to 24 mesh having the BET specific surface area of 1040 m2 /g was sprayed uniformly with aqueous solutions containing a given amount each of the First Component (copper nitrate) and the Second Component (nitrate of an alkali metal, nitrate of an alkaline earth metal and nitrate of Al, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Zn, Cd or Pb (or sulphate for V alone).
50 ml of the resultant activated carbon deposited with the metal compounds was packed into a 4 cmφ column made of quartz glass, which was heated at a heating rate of 5° C./min while passing a nitrogen gas at a linear flow rate of 10 cm/sec, followed by calcining at 300° C. for 30 minutes.
The content of each of the metal compounds in the resultant adsorbents was 0.2 to 2.0 mg-atom as respective metals per g of activated carbon, as shown in Table 3.
By following the same procedure as described above, as control reference, activated carbon A was deposited with nitrate of each metal alone, and calcined in a nitrogen gas at 300° C. for 30 minutes to prepare adsorbents.
20 ml each of the adsorbents as obtained in this manner, A through L and ○1 through ○40 , were packed into a 1.6 cmφ column made of glass, and a gas (N2 -97.5 vol.% and H2 O-2.5 vol.%) of 30° C. containing 30 ppm of AsH3 was passed through the columns at a linear flow rate of 20 cm/sec to conduct the breakthrough adsorption tests for AsH3. The length of time required until AsH3 leaked out of the column (the length of time for which the breakthrough ratio reached 5%) was measured, and the results are shown in Table 3.
TABLE 1______________________________________ Amount Percent removal of The second of pH3 at the Copper component; and elapsed timeAdsorbent (mg- its amount shown below (%)No. atom/g) (mg-atom/g) 5 hrs 10 hrs 30 hrs______________________________________A0 (Control) 0 0 2 0 0A1 (Control) 2.0 0 95 50 15A2 (Control) 0 Na-2.0 58 31 23A3 (Control) 0 K-2.0 59 35 20A4 (Control) 0 Mg-2.0 48 20 15A5 (Control) 0 Ca-2.0 45 34 15A6 (Control) 0 Sr-2.0 40 23 10A7 (Control) 0 Al-2.0 39 33 11A8 (Control) 0 Cr-2.0 50 39 25A9 (Control) 0 Fe-2.0 45 30 18A10 (Control) 0 Ni-2.0 48 19 11A11 (Control) 0 Pb-2.0 40 21 12B1 (The 1.0 Na-1.0 100 98 50presentinventionB2 (The 1.0 K-1.0 100 100 68presentinvention)B3 (The 1.0 Mg-1.0 100 100 75presentinvention)B4 (The 1.0 Ca-1.0 100 100 63presentinvention)B5 (The 1.0 Sr-1.0 100 100 54presentinvention)C1 (The 1.0 Al-1.0 100 100 63presentinvention)C2 (The 1.0 Ti-1.0 100 100 54presentinvention)C3 (The 1.0 V-1.0 100 100 50presentinvention)C4 (The 1.0 Cr-1.0 100 100 73presentinvention)C5 (The 1.0 Mn-1.0 100 100 41presentinvention)C6 (The 1.0 Fe-1.0 100 100 29presentinvention)C7 (The 1.0 Co-1.0 100 100 45presentinvention)C8 (The 1.0 Ni-1.0 100 100 59presentinvention)C9 (The 1.0 Zn-1.0 100 100 61presentinvention)C10 (The 1.0 Cd-1.0 100 95 39presentinvention)C11 (The 1.0 Pb-1.0 100 73 54presentinvention)C12 (The 0.2 Cr-1.0 100 72 50presentinvention)C13 (The 0.5 Cr-1.0 100 95 62presentinvention)C14 (The 2.0 Cr-1.0 100 100 80presentinvention)D1 (The 1.0 Na-0.3, Al-0.5 100 100 95presentinvention)D2 (The 1.0 K-0.3, V-0.5 100 100 100presentinvention)D3 (The 1.0 K-0.3, Cr-0.5 100 100 100presentinvention)D4 (The 1.0 K-0.3, Mn-0.5 100 100 100presentinvention)D5 (The 1.0 K-0.3, Fe-0.5 100 100 100presentinvention)D6 (The 1.0 Mg-0.3, Co-0.5 100 100 100presentinvention)D7 (The 1.0 Ca-0.3, Ni-0.5 100 100 100presentinvention)D8 The 1.0 K-0.3, Zn-0.5 100 100 100presentinvention)D9 (The 1.0 Na-0.3, Cd-0.5 100 100 95presentinvention)D10 (The 1.0 K-0.3, Pb-0.5 100 100 88presentinvention)D11 (The 0.2 K-0.3, Cr-0.5 100 81 67presentinvention)D12 (The 0.5 K-0.3, Mn-0.5 100 99 83presentinvention)D.sub. 13 (The 0.2 Mg-0.5, Cr-0.5 100 95 75presentinvention)D14 (The 0.5 Mg-0.5, Cr-0.5 100 98 80presentinvention)D15 (The 1.0 K-0.3, Mg-0.3 100 100 100present Cr-0.5, Fe-0.25invention)______________________________________
TABLE 2______________________________________ The length of The length of The length of time for time for time for which the re- which the re- which the moval percen- moval percen- breakthrough tages for tages for ratio of SbH3Adsorbent B2 H6 reached H2 Se reached reached 5%No. 95% (hrs) 95% (hrs) (hrs)______________________________________A0 (Control) 1/6 1/4 1/3A1 (Control) 11 15 15A3 (Control) 6 7 9A9 (Control) 15 11 11B2 (The 38 35 30presentinvention)B3 (The 45 40 41presentinvention)C4 (The 40 40 39presentinvention)C6 (The 52 45 41presentinvention)C9 (The 48 43 47presentinvention)D2 (The 67 59 63presentinvention)D3 (The 85 71 90presentinvention)D8 (The 71 75 62presentinvention)D10 (The 60 73 58presentinvention)D12 (The 83 79 65presentinvention)D13 (The 68 68 60presentinvention)D14 (The 80 78 79presentinvention)D15 (The 103 105 110presentinvention)
TABLE 3______________________________________ The length of time for which the breakthrough Amount of The second ratio of Copper component; and AsH3 reachedAdsorbent (mg-atom/ its amount 5%No. g) (mg-atom/g) (min.)______________________________________A (Control) 0 0 15B (Control) 2.0 0 45C (Control) 0 Na-2.0 50D (Control) 0 K-2.0 65E (Control) 0 Mg-2.0 65F (Control) 0 Ca-2.0 80G (Control) 0 Sr-2.0 85H (Control) 0 Al-2.0 40I (Control) 0 Cr-2.0 70J (Control) 0 Fe-2.0 85K (Control) 0 Ni-2.0 75L (Control) 0 Pb-2.0 80 ○1 (The present 1.0 Na-1.0 610invention) ○2 (The present 1.0 K-1.0 885invention) ○3 (The present 1.0 Mg-1.0 900invention) ○4 (The present 1.0 Ca-1.0 880invention) ○5 (The present 1.0 Sr-1.0 870invention) ○6 (The present 1.0 Al-1.0 730invention) ○7 (The present 1.0 Ti-1.0 700invention) ○8 1.0he present V-1.0 960invention) ○9 (The present 1.0 Cr-1.0 950invention) ○10 1.0he present Mn-1.0 880invention) ○11 1.0he present Fe-1.0 790invention) ○12 1.0he present Co-1.0 990invention) ○13 1.0he present Ni-1.0 850invention) ○14 1.0he present Zn-1.0 750invention) ○15 1.0he present Cd-1.0 700invention) ○16 1.0he present Pb-1.0 730invention) ○17 0.2he present Cr-1.0 450invention) ○18 0.5he present Cr-1.0 600invention) ○19 2.0he present Cr-1.0 1050invention) ○20 1.0he present Pb-1.0 800invention) ○21 1.0he present Cs-1.0 600invention) ○22 1.0he present Ba-1.0 630invention) ○23 1.0he present Na-0.3, Al-0.5 1050invention) ○24 1.0he present K-0.3, V-0.5 1100invention) ○25 1.0he present K-0.3, Cr-0.5 1320invention) ○26 1.0he present K-0.3, Mn-0.5 1260invention) ○27 1.0he present K-0.3, Fe-0.5 1130invention) ○28 1.0he present Mg-0.3, Co-0.5 1290invention) ○29 1.0he present Ca-0.3, Ni-0.5 1350invention) ○30 1.0he present K-0.3, Zn-0.5 1190invention) ○31 1.0he present Na-0.3, Cd-0.5 1200invention) ○32 1.0he present K-0.3, Pb-0.5 1150invention) ○33 0.2he present K-0.3, Cr-0.5 700invention) ○34 0.5he present K-0.3, Mn-0.5 930invention) ○35 0.2he present Mg-0.5, Cr-0.5 850invention) ○36 0.5he present Mg-0.5, Cr-0.5 900invention) ○37 1.0he present K-0.3, Mg-0.3 1300invention) ○38 1.0he present K-0.3, Co-0.5, 1400invention Ni-0.5 ○39 1.0he present Mg-0.3, Cr-0.5, 1420invention Mn-0.5 ○40 1.0he present K-0.3, Mg-0.3, 1510invention Cr-0.5, Fe-0.25______________________________________
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